Silent Meditation Retreat

Willard, WI, United States

Andrea Russell
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32 reviews
Mar 15 - 17, 2019
Group size: 1 - 45
Silent Meditation Retreat
Willard, WI, United States

Andrea Russell
  • Email address verified
32 reviews

Mar 15 - 17, 2019
Group size: 1 - 45

About this trip


Join Andrea Russell and Sheryl Lilke on a meditation retreat close to home in the tranquil woods of northern Wisconsin. The retreat will be held at The Christine Center in Willard, Wisconsin (three hours northwest from Madison) on 125 acres of land, offering a nurturing and supportive environment for deepening practice and connection. 

During the retreat, we’ll focus on slowing down and deepening your meditation practice. Days will include gentle yoga to prepare your body for sitting, several periods of seated and walking meditation, dharma talks, and opportunities to ask questions and receive support. Much of our time together will be spent observing noble silence, enabling us to turn our attention inward and create community based on shared devotion to practice. 

Each afternoon there will be free time to walk in the woods, sit on benches overlooking the pond, drink tea, read, knit, or whatever else feels relaxing and restorative.

It’s a wonderful and welcoming environment for those who are new to retreats and/or yoga and meditation. 

This retreat will allow you to unplug from stresses and responsibilities, from electronics and newsfeeds, and remember what is really important to you. You will get the time you need for introspection so that you can reset and come home to yourself. You’ll go deeper into your meditation practice and develop insights into how you can find ease in your mind, in your body, and in your daily life. You’ll also be part of a supportive and inclusive community of fellow spiritual seekers.


Andrea is an Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga & meditation teacher, and neurovascular therapist dedicated to helping individuals reclaim their health and vitality. She leads retreats locally and abroad. 


Sheryl is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher who has received lay ordination in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. In her work she weaves Western psychology, Buddhist philosophy, and holistic mindfulness and movement practices together to help individuals access their own inner wisdom and innate healing potential.

What’s included

The retreat package includes two nights stay at the Christine Center, daily yoga & meditation classes, daily dharma talks, 6 nourishing vegetarian meals and personal support to deepen your practice. 



3:30pm to 6:45pm | Arrival

5:30pm | Dinner

7pm to 8:30pm | Dharma talk & meditation


7:30am | Meditation

8am | Breakfast

9am to 10:30am | Dharma talk & meditation

10:30 to noon | Yoga practice

12:30pm | Lunch

1:30pm to 3pm | Free time

3pm to 5pm | Dharma talk & meditation

5:30pm | Dinner

7pm to 8pm | Meditation


7:30am | Meditation

8am | Breakfast

9am to 10:30 am | Dharma talk & meditation

10:30am to noon | Yoga

12:30pm | Lunch

1:30pm| Depart


-feeling rested and restored

-remembering what is meaningful and important in your life

-with a deeper understanding of meditation practice

-with tools for calming the mind and finding ease in the body

-having connected with fellow spiritual travelers


Accommodations  are  not  luxurious  at  The  Christine  Center, but  the  price  reflects  that  and  the setting  is  beautiful.  You’ll  be  in  a  wooded  wetland  just  far  enough  north  of  Madison  to

feel  like you’re  out  of  the  city  and  in  nature.  The  retreat  is  an  introduction to noble  silence  and  although  periods  of  silence will  be  observed,  a  depth  of  instruction  will  be  offered.    

Refunds up to two weeks prior to retreat will be honored. After March 1st,  no refunds will be made. You may find another participant to take your place in the retreat or if there is a wait list and your spot can be filled, then reimbursement may be possible.

Please plan to arrive at The Christine Center between 3:30-6:45 pm on Friday, March 15th. A welcome dinner is served at 5:30 pm and the first dharma talk begins on at 7 pm. On Sunday, March 17th, class ends at noon with a departure lunch at 12:30 pm. If you would like to also stay Sunday night, additional reservations can be made through the Christine Center.

The Christine Center is nestled on 125 acres of tranquil woodlands in north central Wisconsin, located at W8303 Mann Road in Willard. Traveling by car is about a 2.5-3 hour drive from Madison.

*Please bring a yoga mat, yoga strap, & meditation cushion.

**All participant information must be complete to secure your retreat registration. Please fill out the registration application in its entirety. 




The Christine Center emphasizes natural foods and meals made from scratch. The food on their tables has a sense of inner spiritual nourishment in harmony with the land.

Many of the vegetables, fruits, breads, honey, maple syrup, and eggs served are from The Christine Center’s own organic gardens and from local farmers. Their cooks bring unique creativity and style to preparing nurturing dishes with these ingredients.

Six vegetarian meals are included. Coffee/tea and fruit are always available. Additional special dietary needs can be accommodated upon advance request.



The Christine Center offers four kinds of modest accommodations, including: both modern and rustic hermitages that are unique and simple, guest house rooms, and tent camping spots. Both single, double, and triple occupancy are available.

All hermitages have electricity. The modern hermitages have gas or electric heat, a bathroom with a shower, and a furnished kitchenette. Rustic hermitages have gas or wood stoves for heating and a Porta Potti.

Guest house rooms have private bathrooms, skylights, and in-floor radiant heating. A handicapped accessible room is available.

Several areas are set aside for tent camping. For campers and rustic hermitage guests there is a modern, beautiful bathroom facility nearby, which has separate women’s and men’s sections.

Available Packages

Modern Hermitage Double
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Modern hermitages have electricity, a bathroom and a furnished kitchenette.

Modern Hermitage Triple
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Modern hermitages have electricity, a bathroom and a furnished kitchenette.

Main Building Double
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Main building guest rooms are in the main building, have bathrooms and skylights.

Main Building Single
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Main building single guest rooms are in the main building, have bathrooms and skylights.

Guest Room Single
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Single guest rooms are within a home, a short walk from the main building. These private rooms share an onsite bathroom with 2-4 other guests.

Rustic Hermitage Single
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Rustic hermitages have electricity and a porta-potty. A shared modern bathroom facility is in walking distance.

Rustic Hermitage Double
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Rustic hermitages have electricity and a porta-potty. A shared modern bathroom facility is in walking distance.


The commuter package is for those that live close by and includes all meals though no lodging.

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Camping several areas are set aside for tent and camper camping. A shared modern bathroom facility is in walking distance.


Modern Hermitage Double

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Andrea Russell
32 reviews
I’m an Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga and meditation teacher, and neurovascular therapist living in Madison, Wisconsin. I have been in private practice and teaching since 2000. My classes and retreats integrate Ayurvedic wisdom, meditation and a mindful approach to asana that brings attention to anatomy, optimal alignment, strength, breath, and inner awareness. This practice cultivates abounding health in body and mind while inspiring you to live a more grounded and compassionate life. I offer a variety of trainings, workshops, and retreats, both locally and abroad. I have a deep love for travel, local food, and spending time with my pitbull Lucy. I look forward to working together. Gratefully, Andrea P.S. Head over to to get my full story!


What an amazing retreat! From the moment I registered to the moment I returned to the airport a week later, every detail for our comfort and ease was taken into account. Many thanks to Karen for her vision for AHKí and seeing it through with such exquisite attention! Andrea Russell is a supremely gifted yoga and meditation teacher. Her instruction of Alignment Yoga and meditation provided rich insights into my body, mind and spirit as did her daily dharma talks on Ayurveda with experiential treats each evening. As for AHKí, such sublime comforts! The yoga shala offers spectacular views of the surrounding jungle, ocean, tropical birds, occasional gifts of friendly Howler monkey families passing through in nearby trees. Time around the pool observing birds and chatting with new friends was a daily delight. Hanging out in the hammock-chairs up in the shala for sunsets each evening imprinted indelible memories of beauty. Food was delicious and photo-worthy; our rooms were spacious and beautiful; the beds & pillows were wonderfully comfortable. (OMG, the open-air showers were incredible!) While there was an option to go into town each afternoon, I chose to luxuriate at AHKí on most days as it is truly a special sanctuary; however, I joined the group one afternoon for an enjoyable kayaking outing. One afternoon, I opted for a fantastic massage there at AHKí; Karen provides a menu of available masseuses with various specialties. The entire week deeply nourished and restored me on every level. I will most certainly return on another retreat with Andrea Russell at AHKí! Blessings to all! Julia
The entire trip was fantastic. Andrea is a well spring of yogic and ayurvedic knowledge, the location is beautiful with monkeys and birds, delicious food, the beaches, the chocolate, swimming in the infinity pool while the sun , the yoga, meditation, the list goes on an on. I spent the entire drive back to the airport trying to savor all of the memories, almost too many to recall. Honestly, words cannot really do this retreat justice. Life changing and inspiring. If you are reading this to figure out whether or not to commit to going, the only answer is yes. I'm now trying to figure out how to live my life like I am always on this retreat. Thank you Andrea!
Andrea is really good at what she does. She is deeply knowledgeable about the topic, has wonderful energy and is funny to boot. The Christine Center is the perfect, welcoming respite. I really enjoyed my massage and the food is delish. The accommodations are pretty rustic so if you are looking for fancy this is not the place. A lovely experience.
I enjoyed this retreat very much. Andrea sets a grounded and steady pace and gradually walks participants into deep calm. The classes were an interesting and effective part of the process, and there was also permission to miss a class if one felt the need to be by oneself. The space at the Christine Center is so lovely and the atmosphere so peaceful, it perfectly supports the retreat. And the food is delicious and healthful.
It was a breakthrough weekend for me. Andrea is knowledgable and compassionate. I recommend her retreats to anyone looking for a welcoming approach in a calm environment. Im looking forward to sitting with Andrea again soon. Thanks Andrea! Namaste.
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